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Matthew McConaughey Lifts 'True Detective' Beyond the Familiar

  • By Sam Adams
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  • January 12, 2014 7:56 PM
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  • 1 Comment
HBO's crime-fiction miniseries lets its actors stretch out, but is straitjacketed by the serial killer genre.

The Disconcerting Familiarity of Fox's 'Enlisted'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • January 10, 2014 4:41 PM
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  • 2 Comments
The Fox sitcom about three brothers serving at an Army base pairs worn gags with a atypical setting.

Why Is Lena Dunham Naked So Much? And Other Questions About 'Girls'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • January 10, 2014 10:59 AM
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  • 29 Comments
A panel at the Television Critics Association goes south after a question about the creator/star's frequent nudity.

Sweet Harmony: The Return of the Real 'Community'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • January 2, 2014 12:32 PM
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  • 1 Comment
With creator Dan Harmon back at the wheel, the cult favorite sitcom gets its mojo back.

'Scandal' and the Year of the Female TV Antihero

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 27, 2013 9:56 AM
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  • 5 Comments
Walter White notwithstanding, TV wasn't the year the antihero died, but the familiar character was reborn in a new (skirt) suit.

Why John Oliver Will Thrive Beyond 'The Daily Show'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 20, 2013 11:52 AM
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  • 0 Comments
The most resilient comedy franchise on TV will be fine without John Oliver, and he'll be better off.

'Enlightened' Edges 'Breaking Bad' For Top Spot on The A.V. Club's Long List of TV Faves

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 20, 2013 9:37 AM
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  • 0 Comments
A Top 15 plus 25 honorable mentions reflected a banner year for great TV.

Top 10? Forget It. The New Yorker's Emily Nussbaum Lists Her Top 32 TV Shows of 2013

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 6, 2013 10:33 AM
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  • 11 Comments
The New Yorker's Emily Nussbaum has made her antipathy to Top 10 lists plain, so this year, she kept going until she ran out of good shows.

Entertainment Weekly's Critics Agree on '12 Years a Slave,' 'Before Midnight,' 'Fruitvale Station'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 5, 2013 10:19 AM
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  • 2 Comments
The magazine has released the top four films and TV shows from its critics in advance of this week's Best-Of issue.

Time's TV Top 10: 'Enlightened,' 'Breaking Bad,' and 'Orange Is the New Black'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • December 5, 2013 10:05 AM
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  • 3 Comments
James Poniewozik weighs in with his best new and returning shows, favorite episodes, and a special 'Breaking Bad' list.